Eat Your Broccoli? No Problem (Days 19 and 20)

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This has been, by far, her favorite vegetable. Go figure!

Day 19

If yesterday was the day of refusal, rejection, and baby-led flotsam/jetsam, today was the day of I LOVE ME SOME BROCCOLI.

We had A/C inspectors in the house today during her mid-morning meal time, so we skipped. I steamed some broccoli and roasted some. I love roasted broccoli (not a fan of really anything steamed), it has so much more flavor. But the steamed, in the end, had a more consistent texture. I grated the tiniest bit of Parmigiano Reggiano for a little seasoning. That’s how we eat it, she bes’ get used to it. I just wanted to be mindful of salt so I used it judiciously.

I also gave her a strip of Colby Jack cheese. She was into it too, but I tasted it and took it away because it was too salty. After shopping around, I’ve learned that Swiss cheese has a fraction of the sodium of almost every other kind. It contains about 40 mg/oz whereas most other common types have 160-180mg.

She is really enjoying that cheese.

She relished every fuzzy bit of broccoli floret — picked it clean and it looked like a tree without its branches. Then she tried to put the whole trunk in her mouth, but realized her mistake and spit it out. She really chewed and swallowed every bit that went into her mouth.

She didn’t stop here. That stump went down the hatch too.

I can tell that she’s chewing and swallowing more competently after 19 days. Makes Mommy feel better! It’s also nice to know that even if she had a day of refusal, she’ll come back when she’s ready. Learning to trust is her is the hardest lesson in this whole thing, but it’s becoming more clear every day that she knows best

Day 20

Just to make sure that it wasn’t a fluke, Sugarpie got broccoli leftovers today. She ate almost a whole one and played with the other. I’ll take it.

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